Thanksgiving Thoughts

Back in 2009 I did a blog post on surviving Thanksgiving. It was all about how to eat healthy during the food-heavy holiday. You know, stay away from the stuffing, potatoes, just eat turkey and veggies. Well 3 years later, a lot has changed. I still agree that you should try to always have a healthy approach going into a holiday, but my mindset is a bit different here in 2012.

Eat that stuffing. Have the chocolate cheesecake. Those pies that grandma only makes on turkey day, devour them.

We bust our butt all year-long. Beat the crap out of our bodies, eat our protein and veggies, and work harder than everyone else. I suggest you give your body, and your mind, a little reward and eat whatever you like on Thanksgiving. Hell, this day only comes once a year.

One of the many reasons people aren’t successful in their nutritional habits is because they make them so strict, and set too high of goals, that it is just not sustainable long-term. I don’t care who you are, if you are eating eggs, chicken, and broccoli seven days a week, one day you’re going to crack and binge. Unfortunately, that binge usually turns into that yo-yo type diet too may Americans fall into.

If you want a little guidance going into Thanksgiving, just keep in mind some the healthier options are the veggies, and of course the turkey. Some of the not so good foods are the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course the desserts. However, I am sure even Giselle has had some stuffing, and chocolate pie in her days, and she ain’t suffering.

Everyday we preach eating healthy, exercising, and working hard. We will always preach that, but everyone needs a break every once in a while. It’s not only good for you body, but good for your mind. So, bust your butt in the gym this week, and don’t be afraid to overeat a little at the dinner table on Thursday. Be ready to jump right back at it next week.

” Winners Train, Losers Complain”

I hope each and every one of you enjoy the turkey, watch some football, sleep til you dream, spend hours with your family, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.


About Spurling Training Systems

At Spurling Training Systems, our focus is on providing a superior athletic conditioning experience. The combination of expert training, time spent understanding your specific goals and customized program development is what makes Spurling Training Systems a unique and effective training experience for athletes of all ages, levels and abilities. Doug is the founder and owner of Spurling Training Systems. He graduated from University of New England with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science. He has several years of experience as both a personal trainer for general fitness and a strength and conditioning coach for athletes. His certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) include Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).
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